Lockdown gave me the perfect opportunity to play around with my skincare and find what works for me and what I need to cut out.
I used to use too many different products which I think did more bad than good; I used to compulse buy so many skincare products just because they sounded good and would spend more money than what was necessary. By no means am I an expert or a specialist and of course all our skins differ to each others. My skin type is oily to combination and is acne prone.
I’m currently changing my products to the ordinary and the body shop as they’re working the best for my skin.
Here are the products I use in my AM skincare routine:
Cetaphil gentle skin cleanser
Simple soothing facial toner
The Body Shop tea tree oil (if I have spots)
The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5
The Ordinary Natural Moisturising Factors + HA
La Roche-Posay 50+ SPF
And here are the products I use in my PM skincare routine:
The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser
Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot cloth cleanser (for a double cleanse) – I use this twice a week
Cetaphil gentle skin cleanser (for a double cleanse when not using the liz Earle cleanser)
Simple soothing facial toner
The Ordinary Retinol
The Body Shop Drops of light eye cream
Revolution Green Tea and Collagen serum with crystal roller
Clinique super defence night moisturiser
The Body Shop Vitamin E overnight serum-in-oil (I use this once/twice a week)
I do like the change some of the serums around once they finish but these are the ones I’m loving at the moment!
With everything that’s going on with the whole country being on lockdown, its easy to get swept up and feel a bit lost. During lockdown I have personally tried to be as productive as I can and although it can be hard as there is a lot going on and a lot to worry about, accomplishing a few tasks can make you feel a lot better.
Even though it is good to be productive, don’t put too much pressure on yourself. if you don’t accomplish something every day that’s okay and if you do that’s okay too.
Lockdown challenges us all in different ways but here are some things that could keep you busy (if you want to that is)
go on an outdoor walk, even if its just for 20 minutes, getting out is so good for your physical and mental health
read more books
learn a new language, the duolingo app is really good
practice different makeup looks
watch some Netflix series/movies
clean/sort out your room
play animal crossing (I am hooked! well have been since wild world, but new horizons has taken it to a whole new level)
I have found having a routine really helps and it helps for the day to go quicker, in order to set a routine I use an app called ‘Actions’ which is like a to-do list (but you can also make a physical to do list or use notes on your phone). Using this app, I give myself daily tasks which helps me to stay active/focused and helps the day go quicker too. It’s not compulsory to complete all tasks and if I don’t they roll over to the next day, so there isn’t much pressure.
With everything being how it is at the moment keeping a routine allows me to keep some structure in my life.
An example of my daily routine would be the following:
wake up – affirmations – have a coffee and play animal crossing – do some home workouts – have breakfast – shower – go for a walk – have lunch – study – play animal crossing – have dinner – watch Netflix – read my book & journal – bed.
My daily routine varies from day to day and I will squeeze a face mask in now and again but I have found since following it, I feel a lot better within myself and accomplished.
Using my daily affirmations really help me to keep a positive outlook each day, the ones I find the most helpful ones are the everyday happiness, everyday confidence, everyday mindfulness and my affirmators cards.